I could be a more frugal gardener by...
I liked the suggestions in the "wasteful pet peeve" about turning attention from other people's annoying habits to improving our own, first.
I have a very small, inner city garden. Because I'm a single person who likes to putter (and is fond of dumpster diving!) I'm pretty frugal -- especially since I discovered winter sowing -- but there's always ways to improve. Off the top of my head, these are a couple of things I could do to be mre frugal.
1) Re-use potting soil. This hasn't been too much of an issue in the past, but having hauled 400 pounds of potting soil up to the second floor balcony this spring for my neighbor, I'm defnitely not dumping it out this fall! Need to look into the best ways to re-use soil for annuals.
2) More soaker hoses. A lot of my garden beds are long, narrow strips along fences, carved out from the landlords lawn. (The "alley bed" is 6-8 inches by 80 feet!) One of the best investments I ever made was in a 20' soaker hose that takes care of the tea plant strip and coils into the shade garden. But investing in another one of two could save water, save time spent watering -- and save plants that die when they don't get watered!
3) Fewer rescues and "pity plants". Like most gardeners, I hate to see plants die. And like many frugal people, I'm hard put to pass up a deal. I can't tell oyu how many houseplants I've nursed back to health from the brink of death on Lowe's 50% off rack -- but I really don't like kalanchoe or ficus, or African violets! It's a challenge I need to quit taking.
Likewise, there are some plants in my little garden that just aren't pulling their weight. They may have beautiful flowers -- but not very many of them. Or lots of flowers, but an equal number of pests. I need to be a little less sentimental and a bit quicker to shovel prune. Frugal is all about saving me time and energy, too!
)GET A PLAN!!! I don't necessarily mean every blade of grass graphed out in advance, but I could save money by having ideas in mind when I go to the nursery or a swap. There's always room for spotanaity and the bolt from the blue that you've never heard of, but a little more cohesiveness would keep my garden fom looking like the results of a summer end clearance sale!
There's a lot more I'd love to do; more compost piles, rain barrels, that I can't do because of my landlord, but these are some simple things I can change.
How about you?